March 4, 2019

Who Needs to See the One, True God?

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It’s been nearly two months now since one of our Indian house parents was headed to the Department of Children’s Welfare, preparing to make a case to keep the boys in his care. As we prayed for him, I kept asking the Lord to help the official see that this man served the one, true God. “Let him see our house father’s sincerity as he serves you by caring for orphans. Make the official fearful of crossing YOU!”

As I prayed, my thoughts turned to Rahab. An unlikely heroine of the Old Testament, Rahab also encountered the one, true God when she was put in a place of opposition with His servants.

Rahab—a pagan, Canaanite prostitute—literally risked her life and limb to hide and assist the Israelites who’d come to scope out Jericho. Here they were, scheming a plan of attack against her homeland, and she jumped to their aid!

Why would she do that?

We can find out from Joshua 2:8-11,

“Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. 

Rahab and others in her nation had heard what God did for the Israelites at the Red Sea, how God had parted the waters to allow them to walk through and then folded them back together over the pursuing Egyptian army. Though she lived in enemy territory, she recognized that Israel’s God was the real deal.

So she struck a bargain with the Israelite spies. If she protected them on their exploratory mission, would they spare her and her family when the battle came to pass? Rahab was a shrewd woman. She knew the victory would belong to the Israelites and their God. She might as well be on their side!

Following the destruction of Jericho, Rahab joined the Israelite nation. The Israelites became her people; their God became her God. The creator of the universe honored her faith and positioned her to become an ancestress of King of David—and eventually Jesus, the Messiah!

This plan first unfolded with her giving birth to our namesake, Boaz.

I don’t know why the Indian official with the Department of Children’s Welfare relented that day a couple months ago. I know your prayers had a lot to do with it. But maybe he also saw something in our house father that he wasn’t willing to oppose. Maybe he caught a glimpse of the one, true God.

As we head into March, contemplate who needs to see one true God in your life? What can you share with him or her to testify how very real He is? Start talkin’!

This month, as you pray for The Boaz Project, please remember the following requests:

  1. Ask God that The Boaz Project—our donors, staff, house parents and volunteers—would serve as witnesses in our communities to the one, true God.
  2. Thank God for providing for our Indian home facing persecution from the Department of Children’s Welfare. Funds are coming in to allow them to accomplish the list of demands placed on them in time in order to keep the boys in their care. Construction of a new story for the boys has begun and is pictured below.
  3. Thank God for the volunteers and house parents around the world who provide hands-on care to orphans.
  4. Lift April Jurgensen and Michaela Shake to the throne room as they travel to India this month (the 18th to the 26th) to train house parents to care for children from trauma. Ask for specific protection as they exit through passport control on the 25th.

Saturday, May 4 
The Gathering Place, Greenwood, IN

This event includes:

  • Family Fun Zone
  • New Course
  • Professional chip timing for the 5K
  • A tech tee-shirt with pre-registration (cotton blend youth sizes)
  • Option to walk, run, or sleep in!
  • Finish line celebration with awards, live music, and snacks

We hope you will join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at The Gathering Place in Greenwood!

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Orphan Advocate Training Certification Levels

Level 1

Learn about the mission and vision of The Boaz Project through activities such as watching an Encounter webinar, exploring our website, and following us on social media. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your Orphan Advocate Training Coach, who will help you as you go through the levels.

Level 2

Gain more insight into the realities of the orphan crisis through reading "The Orphan’s Abba" and visiting The Boaz Project YouTube page. You will also meet The Boaz Project staff.

Level 3

Grow in your understanding of the orphan crisis, meet some houseparents by reading their stories, and create your own "Pick 2" with options like watching a movie and completing a creative project utilizing your unique skill set.

Level 4

Enhance your knowledge of healthy attachments for orphans, watch a webinar about Eastern Europe’s institutional orphanage system, and visit the Boaz office virtually or in person.

Level 5

Utilize all of the knowledge you have gained throughout training to develop methods based on your personal experience to share the mission and vision of The Boaz Project with others. Read a portion of our first level Houseparent Trauma Training and use your unique skills to impact orphans with a special project. Completing Level 5 gives you the option to apply to become an OAT Coach and/or a Regional Coordinator for The Boaz Project.


Do I have to live near Greenwood, Indiana to complete the training?

No! This certification is intentionally created to allow opportunities for anyone in any location to fully participate.

How much of a time commitment is it?

This is completely up to you. The entire process is self-directed. There are no deadlines, and you may take as much or as little time as you need to complete each course.

Can I do this training with my spouse? Or a friend?

Yes! Going through the training with a spouse or friend can provide accountability and motivation. As you progress, you may be able to accomplish more together!

How much will it cost?

All Orphan Advocate Training courses are free to join! While you may choose to spend money while completing some projects, there are only minimal costs involved (such as a book or a few supplies) depending on which course you choose to do.

Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

This would be answered on a case-by-case basis. This would also be open to middle schoolers or high schoolers looking to complete volunteer hours (i.e. National Honor Society) or build college applications. We always encourage young people to be involved if they feel led by God to do so!

What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

We will adjust your requirements to accommodate you and provide different opportunities to engage.

If I complete the five-level Orphan Advocate Training Certification, can I put it on my resume or LinkedIn profile?

Yes! When you complete each level, you will receive a certification that you can use to enhance your professional profile and to show involvement in community service.

Will I be able to get a signed letter to verify my volunteer hours?

We are sorry that we cannot verify volunteer hours that are done outside of the office or an event due to the fact that these hours are not supervised. However, we can write about the quality of work that was done, your commitment level, and the training courses achieved. We can also say that your self-reported, unsupervised hours fit into the typical number of hours that are usual for that course.

How do I get started?

If you think you would like to begin Orphan Advocate Training, please complete the form below, and you’ll be assigned an OAT Coach. Once your coach reviews your information, he/she will send you an email with your next steps!

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

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